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Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
 
 

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Catherine Callow

 
Catherine Callow

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Systems (Honours), 2003

Since finishing my degrees through UWA, I have worked in both underground and open cut operations, primarily focussing on Mine Planning.

For the last 6 years I have been with BHP Billiton Iron Ore, starting out in their Yandi operation, then working for a time in Perth office before coming back to operations as the Superintendent of Mine Planning at Area C.

Working fly-in/fly-out is challenging, but it's not the kind of work environment you'd be in if you weren't up for a challenge anyway. You definitely have to enjoy getting a bit dirty, working long hours and balancing production pressures with your responsibility to ensure things are done safely.

My favourite part of the job is balancing different priorities and working across a lot of different workgroups.  For the last 18 months I have had not only Mining Engineers but Geotechnical Engineers, Geologists, Hydrogeologists and Drilling teams to supervise, which is a dynamic and challenging past time!

Shortly, though, I will be finishing up with BHP Billiton, and heading overseas to Canada to embark on my next career adventure.  Fortunately mining is the kind of industry that you can find just about anywhere on the globe, and the skills apply to a lot of different jobs.

Being at UWA lets you enjoy all the benefits of being in the city and getting a world-standard education while finishing a degree that is going to get you out there into a really practical job and the beginning of your career. Enjoy it, plan for the future, but don't freak out about it and remember that the learning is only just beginning.